The path to Olympic glory

The path to Olympic glory: This is How it Works

The goal is clear: be present, be excellent, be successful. The path to the IKA/Culinary Olympics starts many months, if not years,
before the grand opening ceremony in Stuttgart. In countless training sessions and meetings, the teams and Individual Exhibitors work on their Olympic menus, programmes and showpieces. Later, the best of the best will stand on the podium. But despite all the ambition and personal commitment, it is the sense of community and fair cooperation that make the winners in the end.


Start at the end of 2022: After months of preparation, Individual Exhibitors and teams can register online for the IKA/Culinary Olympics.



Who? When? How? A draw will be held in spring 2023 to determine which teams will compete against each other on which day. This is going to be exciting!

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Opening and Competitions

The IKA can finally get started: After the parade of the nations at the opening ceremony, it gets exciting for the participants, who compete against each other in different categories and competitions. Whoever has the most points at the end of the day will be the winner of the day’s individual competition. Depending on the score, several gold, silver and bronze medals are  awarded per category and competition.

Categories and competitions

The German Teams during the Parade of the Nations. Photo: IKA/Culinary Olympics.

Award Ceremony

The day of  honours At the overall award ceremony, all those involved in the IKA celebrate the grand finale at Messe Stuttgart. The Olympic champions are chosen, the teams are thrilled and the audience is cheering. Who will be the Olympic champion? Who will win the medals and who will be immortalised in the Olympic books? Goosebump moments are guaranteed.

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There will be an Olympic champion in every category:

  • National Teams
  • Junior National Teams
  • Community Catering Teams
  • Regional Teams

At the end of the four days of competition, the total number of points in all categories will determine who will secure the top step on the podium as the overall winner of the IKA/Culinary Olympics in each category and who can call themselves Olympic champions. 


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